New Book: Critical Theory of Religion: From the Frankfurt School to Emancipatory Islamic Thought

The new book, Critical Theory of Religion: From the Frankfurt School to Emancipatory Islamic Thought, is the first book published by the new publishing house, Ekpyrosis Press. Founded in 2020, Ekpyrosis Press is dedicated to publishing new monographs, classics, and edited volumes that promote dialectical thought, rational critique, and furtherance of justice and equality in an unjust and unequal world.

For more information on Ekpyrosis Press, see:

If you wish to submit a book proposal, send it to, with the word “EP Proposal” in the subject line.

To purchase Critical Theory of Religion: From the Frankfurt School to Emancipatory Islamic Thought, follow this Amazon link:

Now available in both Hardcover and Paperback.

New book published by Ekpyrosis Press

The Frankfurt School on Religion and Theology: A Discourse in Six Parts

Earlier this year, I had the great honor to engage in a discourse with various scholars on the topic of the Frankfurt School’s relationship to religion and theology. Included in the discourse were Amjad Hussain, Dalal Sarnou, Hille Haker, Rudolf J. Siebert, Will M. Sipling, and Jeremiah Morelock. Click the link below to watch our discussion:

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Now available: Islamic Perspective Journal: Vol. 23, Spring 2020.

I’m pleased to announce that the latest edition of Islamic Perspective Journal, Vol. 23, Spring 2020 is now available. It includes my essay “Ethno-apotheosis and Bilderverbot: The Theo-Philosophical Basis for the Current Western Daseinkampf,” a version of which was presented at the 2019 conference “Critical Theory and the Study of Religion: Conference in Honor of Rudolf J. Siebert,” which took place in November of 2019 at Western Michigan University.

To watch the conference, follow this link: Critical Theory and the Study of Religion Conference

For the London Academy of Iranian Studies, the publisher of IPJ, see: London Academy of Iranian Studies

Exclusive Identity Ideology and Politics: Then and Now. Part 1-5

On May 7th, Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert, Dr. Michael R. Ott, and I engaged in a discourse with Jeremiah Morelock on the subject of “Exclusive Identity Ideology” for the Critical Theory Research Network. This discourse began as a reflection of Dr. Siebert’s biographical story “The Friendly Jewish Lady of Frankfurt,” and ventured into numerous other issues regarding nationalism, fascism, identity politics, the Alt-Right and the ongoing crisis of capitalism which has exasperated identity politics throughout the West. Videos of the discourse have been uploaded to YouTube by The Critical Theory Research Network. Please enjoy the videos and support the Critical Theory Research Network as well as the work of Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert, Michael R. Ott, and myself, Dustin J. Byrd.

We are planning to publish a co-authored book rooted in this discourse with Ekpyrosis Press

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Now Available: The Critique of Religion and Religion’s Critique: On Dialectical Religiology (Brill 2020)

The Critique of Religion and Religion’s Critique: On Dialectical Religiology

Series: Studies in Critical Social Sciences, Volume: 165

In The Critique of Religion and Religion’s Critique: On Dialectical Religiology, Dustin J. Byrd compiles numerous essays honouring the life and work of the Critical Theorist, Rudolf J. Siebert. His “dialectical religiology,” rooted in the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, especially Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse, Erich Fromm, Leo Löwenthal, and Jürgen Habermas, is both a theory and method of understanding religion’s critique of modernity and modernity’s critique of religion. Born out of the Enlightenment and its most important thinkers, i.e. Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud, religion is understood to be dialectical in nature. It contains within it both revolutionary and emancipatory elements, but also reactionary and regressive elements, which perpetuate mankind’s continual debasement, enslavement, and oppression. Thus, religion by nature is conflicted within itself and thus stands against itself. Dialectical Religiology attempts to rescue those elements of religion from the dustbin of history and reintroduce them into society via their determinate negation. As such, it attempts to resolve the social, political, theological, and philosophical antagonisms that plague the modern world, in hopes of producing a more peaceful, justice-filled, equal, and reconciled society. The contributors to this book recognize the tremendous contributions of Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert in the fields of philosophy, sociology, history, and theology, and have profited from his long career. This book attempts to honour that life and work.

Contributors include: Edmund Arens, Gregory Baum, Francis Brassard, Dustin J. Byrd, Denis R. Janz, Gottfried Küenzlen, Mislav Kukoč, Michael, R. Ott, Rudolf J. Siebert, Hans K. Weitensteiner, and Brian C. Wilson.


St. Thomas More & American Politics – Lecture series by Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert

The Rudolf J. Siebert lecture series entitled “St. Thomas More & American Politics” has been added to the Rudolf J. Siebert Audio-Visual Archive. These lectures were delivered from January to March of 2009, and examine St. Thomas More’s most famous work “Utopia,” and how it relates to the political landscape of 2009, especially the global financial meltdown of neoliberal capitalism, as well as the election of Barack Obama, and the role of religion within these occurrences.

St. Thomas More lecture series by Rudolf J. Siebert


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